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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Driving in fog is pretty common for us here in south Georgia. It can be dangerous and scary. However, there are simple things you can do to make sure you stay as safe as possible in those conditions.

Andy Lawton has seen a lot of crashes in his line of work, he works for Quality Wrecker Service, where he often gets called to wrecks involving distractions on the roadways.

Many of those accidents involve fog, especially after midnight. "In the night time probably 40% sometimes even 50% is what we go to is fog related," he said.

And unfortunately he says most of those crashes have a tragic ending. "It is like trying to drive your car with a blanket over the windshield," he said.

This morning he was called to this wreck on the Clark avenue ramp, where a trucker lost control and overturned. "I was very very surprised to see the driver walking around," he said.

He was also surprised at how fast drivers were going in such foggy conditions."I literally had other motorists passing me as I tried to go to the scene this morning," he said.

Troopers say that's one of the most important tips in staying safe when you can't see out the window, but pay special attention to your speedometer because fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding. "Even though the roadway may say 55 mph, you need to slow down to a lesser speed," said Sergeant First Class Eddie Edwards.

And turn on your low beams, "Some drivers drive with their park lights on which is against the law you need your headlights on," said Edwards.

But not your brights, "High beams reflect light off the water mist that is in the air so that further reduces your visibility," said Michelle Strickland, Safe Communities Coordinator.

And use your other senses to help. "Roll down your window a little bit so you can hear things that are going on you may not be able to see," she said.

If possible, just wait for the fog to lift. No destination is worth your life or anyone else's.

Some other tips if you are driving in heavy fog, try not to change lanes unless absolutely necessary and don't get too close to the car in front of you.

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